The nine youth ambassadors who recently returned from Washington, USA are now working on an advocacy campaign for cyberbullying. Cayo correspondent, Fem Cruz has the details.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Today at the Love Foundation in Belmopan the US Embassy, the Love Foundation along with families and friends warmly welcomed ten youth ambassadors who recently returned from a three week exchange across the US. The Public Relations Officer for the US Embassy, Adam Benz, spoke about the three week community project.
Adam Benz, Public Relations Officer, US Embassy:“It’s been a program that’s been in existence since 2010 and over the years we’ve actually had ninety students travel from Belize to the United States for a three week program where they gain leadership skills and they have the opportunity to meet with others from the United States and other countries in Central America to return back to continue to prepare for a lifetime of community leadership in Belize. The students come back and they receive funding from GeorgeTown University for a seed project that they do that will benefit the community and here we’re today going to announce the project that they’ve been working on.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Love News also spoke to three of the ambassadors who explained about their personal experience.
Norberto, Participant: “My name is Norberto, I’m the mentor for this year’s group. The Youth Ambassador was also preparing these students to create a project which is our follow on project, we’re going to be working on advocacy for cyber bullying. Right now we’re working together, we’re at the Love Foundation, we’re going to be talking more on this project, preparing this project and executing the project. We also have here some project members which also joined me in the USA for doing other volunteer works and projects.”
Lorena Zelaya, Participant: “My name is Lorena Zelaya and I am a participant of the Youth Ambassadors Program. I was in Pensacola Florida and throughout my experience my most valuable thing that I gained from that experience was all the educational workshops that it gave us. For example the social media and advocacy workshop where Mr.Aaron Ball taught us about the elevator pitch. For example if you’re in an elevator with a person you share your story, you have thirty seconds to tell them who you are, why you’re different and why they should care and that’s something important that we should all practice in our lives.”
Fabian Green, Participant: “My name is Fabian Green. One of the most valuable skills I learned from this trip was networking because I got the opportunity to network with youth ambassadors like myself from around Central America.”